Whenever you feel that your debt is at its maximum limit, that you are not making your house payments on time, that you are not getting out of debt no matter how much you pay, and you do not find a solution in order to maintain debts at a certain level, you should ask yourself what you should do.
People think that Debt Consolidation Loans can be a way out of any debt, although Debt Consolidation loans is not always the best solution to a very indebted person.
Here at Curadebt we help people get rid of their debts in the best way possible, Greg Flynn is currently in our program and also has a few questions about this topic, Debt Consolidation Loans. With this topic we will look into the advantages and disadvantages of Debt Consolidation loans in order to show people which solution to think about when they feel that they need a loan to consolidate all of their debts. Debbie White, is our expert at Curadebt and she will be explaining the different approaches of this interesting topic.
Which are the main advantages of Debt Consolidation Loans?
There are several important advantages that we can talk about. Here I will list them to recognize them and explain them one by one.
- Single installment instead of several installments
- Decreased interest rates
- Reduced monthly installments
- One single creditor
- tax interval
Which is the most important advantage of the Debt Consolidation Loans?
Before I start talking about the disadvantages of the Debt Consolidation Loans, I think I should first explain a little bit of each advantage in order to fully understand them.
A. Single installment instead of several installments: one of the main problems with the consumers, specially debtors, are the decisions they take. People usually pay an average of 11 creditors without knowing how much, when or to which one of the creditors to pay. Having to pay a single installment is easier to handle your finances. This way is easier with debt consolidation loans.
B. Decreased interest rates: the most common debt consolidation loan type is the home equity loan, where you can get lower interest rates than the average, being this a secured debt they give lower interest rates because they can take something from you whenever you violate the rules of payments. Credit cards do not have lower interest rates because you do not have some asset to back it up and they do not have something to take from you so they have to trust your credit record and your word.
C. Reduced monthly installments: this step works side by side with the two first ones, because after having a reduced interest rate and a single monthly installment to pay, automatically you will get a reduced monthly quota to pay.
D. One single creditor: having a single creditor to pay to can be a very comfortable way to pay your debts, this way you can control your finances and without making to much of an effort. If you have a problem with the payment you can always make a call and not worry about making several phone calls when you have several creditors to pay to. All of this is possible thanks to the debt consolidation loans.
E. Tax interval: when you start paying interest rate on a credit card, you are wasting your money because the interest money paid on a mortgage can be deducted.
Now, which are the disadvantages of the Debt Consolidation Loans?
These are the main disadvantages, to those who thought that debt consolidation loans were the best decision to make, take a good look at these points.
A. Increasing your actual debt: having a single payment to make and receiving money left because of the low interest rate can make people start using their credit cards again, creating more debt instead of reducing it.
B. More time to pay off your debts: normally mortgages take any where from 10 to 25 years to be paid and at the same time you will have to spend to pay your debts. Dealing with debts all that time can be pretty annoying and that is where debt consolidation loans come into play.
C. Spend more money in a long time: because you end up paying your total debt in a long period of time means that in the long run you will end up paying more with the debt consolidation loans than paying with single loans. People need to be very careful and take every property into consideration before making the decision to use debt consolidation loans.
D. Losing your assets: debt consolidation loans are secured debts because they have to backed it up by an asset, usually it is your home or some property with the same value; if you, for some reason, stopped paying the monthly installment you surely will lose you home or whatever the asset was.
Be very careful and never let things go that far, professional counseling is just around the corner, and we can surely help you avoid this type of situation.
Debt Consolidation Loans are not for everyone, you need to take into account every property of the this type of loan, for some people it might be the right thing to do, but sometimes it can be a mistake.
Here we will help you with any type of financial problem, so let us counsel you.
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Debbie White is a contributing writer to http://www.curadebt.com and is currently writing some special articles to guide businesses on how to manage debt and avoid bankruptcy. For Business Debt Information and Debt Help Consultation, call toll-free 1-877-850-3328.